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TEAM USA GOES ON LIFE SUPPORT

ELITOMACHANGTOWN2017“I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.” William Tecumseh Sherman or Eli Tomac?

A couple weeks ago, if you asked anyone in the pits, who would represented the USA at the 2017 Motocross des Nations, they would have said Eli Tomac, Zach Osborne and Blake Baggett. Not now! Only Zach Osborne is a go at the moment.

Just like last year, Eli Tomac doesn’t want to go. Since he is sponsored by Monster Energy his contract lays out the races that he has to do (apart from the Supercross and AMA National series). Those events are the Monster-sponsored USGP (which will be held somewhere in Florida, if all goes well on September 3) and the Monster Cup (not to be confused with NASCAR’s Monster Cup), on October 14. He is not contractually required to race the Motocross des Nations. In fact, three-time 250 National Champion Tony DiStefano was the only factory rider who ever put a clause in his contract that said if chosen to Team USA that the company would pay for him to go. Eli doesn’t want to go to the MXDN—and he joins a really long list of famous riders who have either turned down a spot or backed out unceremoniously. Not agreeing to go is almost as common as agreeing to go. We’d have more respect for a rider who just said,”No, I don’t want to go.” Instead of a bunch of weak excuses about how it would take away from his training for the 2018 Supercross series and how much he needs a break from racing (especially since there is a month between the USGP and the MXDN). No matter, Tomac’s out and based on his reasoning—every American rider would be out also.

OsborneZACHZach Osborne really wants to go.

BlakeBaggett2017Blake Baggett will have surgery after the 450 Nationals are over.

Theoretically, the new replacement team would automatically become Zach Osborne, Blake Baggett and Jason Anderson. Not now! Blake Baggett has announced that he will have thumb surgery on the Monday after the AMA 450 Nationals end (which would be on August 28th). Blake will miss both the USGP (if he was even planning on racing it) and the MXDN. No matter, Baggett’s out. Who’s next?

JasonAndersonMTMORRIS2017Jason Anderson won a moto at last year’s MXDN, but doesn’t plan to go in 2017.

That leaves Zach Osborne and Jason Anderson. Anderson won a moto at last year’s MXDN before being landed on by a lapped Japanese rider after the checkered flag fell. However, this season Jason Anderson crashed before Southwick and followed that up with a bicycle crash that tore his hand up. He missed the last three rounds and now says that he is going have surgery on his foot when the Nationals end. Maybe Baggett and Anderson can share a hospital room.

JEREMYMARTINglenhelen2017Jeremy Martin is the 250 rider with the best credentials on a 450.

That leaves Zach Osborne, who, because he spent four years racing the MXGP series, really wants to race the MXDN for Team USA—but who would his teammates be? A quick glance at the AMA 450 Nationals standings shows that we can forget Marvin Musquin (he’s French), Dean Wilson (He doesn’t know what he is, but he has already raced for both the Canadian and British teams in the past) and Martin Davalos (he’s from Ecuador). When you combine the foreign riders with Tomac, Baggett and Anderson, you have eliminated 6 of the top 10 riders.

adamCIANCIARULOglenhelen2017Adam Cianciarulo would be a long shot, but he has definitely outgrown his KX250F.

aaronPLESSINGERglenhelen2017Aaron Plessinger is another big boy in the 250 class who might have a future in the 450 class.

The question is, do you choose up-and-down 450 riders, or stick untested 250 National riders on 450s. It would be crazy to make up a team of all 250 riders, but it alos be pretty cool. The first 250 rider who comes to mind (after Osborne) is Jeremy Martin. He raced a 450 at the Daytona Supercross and finished a solid second (and it took Eli Tomac most of the race to run him down). Since Martin is moving to the 450 class in 2018 for Honda, he would be the next best choice. If Team USA was brave enough to gamble, we could pair Osborne with Martin and either Adam Cianciarulo or Aaron Plessinger—all of whom look like they have 450 potential (even though they’ve never shown it).

cooperWEBBFACECooper Webb has GP and MXDN experience on a YZ450F, but now he doesn’t seem to get along with the exact same bike. His knee might eliminate him anyway.

JUSTINbarciaglenhelen2017Justin Barcia probably won’t have a ride at JGR at MXDN time. Plus, he has struggled all year.

But, if you want to play it conservatively, hoping that some kind of lightning strikes on the given day, Team USA could choose between 450 riders Cooper Webb, Cole Seely, Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle or Weston Peick. They can be great and have been on occasion—but not during this year’s 450 National series. Between the five of them, they only have one moto win (Bogle in Colorado) and one moto podium (Seely in the first moto at Washougal).

roger decosterRoger DeCoster has been here before. He has put winning teams together with B-riders and losing teams together with grade-A riders. It’s a one-day crap shoot at the MXDN.

There you have it! We wouldn’t want to be MXDN team manager Roger DeCoster this year, but we are willing to bet that his pick will be as good as yours. By the way, what is your MXDN team pick?

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2018 HONDA CRF250

2018CRF250RrearquarterThe 2018 CRF250 is all-new. Facing declining CRF250 sales, 27% in the last model year, Honda gave the CRF250 most of the updates that it gave the CRF450 last year.

20HONDA_CRF250RCAMSThe single cam, rocker arm, Unicam design has been replaced by a double over head cam designs with finger followers activating the valves instead of buckets. A bigger bore and shorter stroke translates into a high rpm engine that trades low-end for top-end. The stroke is 2.9mm shorter, while the bore in 2.2mm larger. The valves are angled at a more compact “V” to allow more room for the intake charge.

2018HONDA_CRF250RtwinpipesUnlike the previous CRF250, which had a one-into-two exhauts system with twin mufflers, the 2018 CRF250 has twin exhaust ports which each have their own pipe and muffler system

2018CRF250RchassisThe 2018 chassis has a 15mm shorter swingarm and, thus, a shorter wheelbase. The swingarm is 7.7-ounces lighter (largely because it is shorter). The head angle is kicked out 0.10 degrees. Honda’s claimed weight is 238 pounds with fuel (gasoline weigh 6 pounds a gallon).

2018crf450titaniumtankThe 2018 CRF250 gets the a titanium fuel tank that saves 18 ounces from the overall weight.

2018Honda showaforkkShowa coil springs forks replace last year’s air forks. Between the coil spring forks and the electric starter system, the CRF250 gains approximately 8 pounds that is hard to whittle away with a lighter swingarm, reduced engine oil, titanium fuel tank and lightweight frame spars.

2018CRF250AIRBOXThe 2018 CRF250 joins Husqvarna FC250 and KTM 250SXF in the electric start parade. A lithium-iron-phosphate battery in the airbox.

2018hondasubframebilletThe new subframe has CNC-machined ends that run inside the fender moldings a la KTM.

2018hondaengemapThe 2018 CRF250 has three maps that are accessed by the multi-switch on the left side of the bars. Stock is one flashing light, mellow is two flashing lights and aggressive is three flashing lights.

2018CRF250tiresThe front brake has a 270mm rotor (and a disc guard), while the tires are Dunlop MX3S.

2018HondaCRF3450RstartThe magic button is on the right side of the handlebars. You have to pull the clutch in to activate the electric starter.

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A BIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: ALUMINUM-FRAMED HAGON

haganThe first, serious, all-aluminum, monocoque motocross bike was the British-built Hagon. It was raced by GP star Vic Eastwood raced in 1977.

HagonVEEastwood ran a Yamaha four-stroke engine, but you could buy Hagon frames to accept most four-strokes of the era. Yamaha TT500 and  XT500 engines were the most popular. Hagon is still in business today—albeit the shock business.  They make shocks for sidecars, offroad vehicles and speedway forks.

• 2017 WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP PRE-REGISTRATION OPEN NOW
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The Dubya USA-sponsored World Vet Championship will be held on Novermber 4-5, 2017, at Glen helen Raceway park in Southern California. Pre-registration is already open. Click here to sign-up or see the available classes and age groups.

MOTORCYCLE AD OF THE WEEK: THE HUNDREDS

1976RM100SUZUKIThere was a time when the 100cc class was a big deal. Every manufacturer made one and they sold like hot cakes (Hodaka sold 10,000 Super Rats a year), but once bikes got more expensive, the cost was too great to buy a 100 when you could just buy a 125. The 1976 Suzuki RM100 had 6-1/2 inches of fork travel.

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CANADIAN NATIONALS: CAN CHRISTOPHE POURCEL MAKE UP 19 POINTS IN TWO RACES?

ChristophePourcel2017When Christophe got demoted from the AMA circuit and traded to Husqvarna Canada, it was assumed that he would walk away with the Canadian title. He has won the most races, but doesn’t have the most points.

Christophe Pourcel won his fourth Canadian National this season with a 2-1 at Riverglade MX Park in Moncton, New Brunswick, no the rider has won more than four, but still trails two-time Canadian National Champion Matt Goerke by 19 points with only two races left this season. Mike Alessi holeshot both 450 motos and finished the day 3-3 for third overall, and moved into a tie for third in the series standings with Colton Facciotti (although they are 59 points behind). Rounding out the top 10 in the 450 class was Kyle Chisholm, Tyler Medaglia, Colton Facciotti, Cade Clason, Jesse Wentland, Keylan Meston and Tim Tremblay.

In the 250 class FXR Yamaha rider Shawn Maffenbeier was the fastest 250 qualifier and won both moto easily over teammate Jess Pettis (2-2). Maffenbeier now leads the series by 46 points. Jess Pettis was only in his second race back after suffering a broken collarbone and has competed in only 6 of 8 rounds, but has three podium—including his 2-2 day at Riverglade. Jacob Hayes qualified third and went 3-3 on the day for his second consecutive podium finish, and his third this season. This weekend, the series moves to Deschambault, Quebec, just outside of Quebec City, for round 9 of the 10-race CMRC Canadian National Motocross Championships.

450 RESULTS: MONCTON CANADIAN NATIONAL 1. Christophe Pourcel (Hus)…2-1 2. Matt Goerke (Yam)…1-2 3. Mike Alessi (Kaw)…3-3 4. Kyle Chisholm (Hon)…5-4 5. Tyler Medaglia (Hon)…4-5 6. Colton Facciotti (Hon)…6-6 7. Cade Clason (KTM)…10-7 8. Jesse Wentland (Suz)…9-8 9. Keylan Meston (Yam)…8-9

10. Tim Tremblay (Yam)…11-10

250 RESULTS: MONCTON CANADIAN NATIONAL 1. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam)…1-1 2. Jess Pettis (Yam)…2-2 3. Jacob Hayes (Kaw)…3-3 4. Dylan Wright (Hon)…4-4 5. Ryan Surratt (Kaw)…5-5 6. Davey Fraser (Hus)…9-6 7. Tanner Ward (KTM)…8-7 8. Hayden Halstead (Yam)…10-8 9. Bobby Piazza (Hus)…7-12

10. Jeremy Pronovost (Yam)…13-9

2017 CANADIAN 450 POINTS STANDINGS (After 8 of 10 rounds) 1. Matt Goerke…425 2. Christophe Pourcel…406 3. Mike Alessi…366 3. Colton Facciotti…366 5. Tyler Medaglia…355 6. Dillan Epstein…328 7. Kyle Chisholm…298 8. Tim Tremblay…263 9. Cade Clason…248

10. Keylan Meston…208

2017 CANADIAN 250 POINTS STANDINGS (After 8 of 10 rounds) 1. Shawn Maffenbeier…388 2. Ryan Surratt…342 3. Dylan Wright…341 4. Josh Osby…307 5. Cole Thompson…298 6. Jacob Hayes…286 7. Jess Pettis …259 8. Davey Fraser…250 9. Casey Keast…249

10. Hayden Halstead…238

THE BIGGEST MOTORCYCLE SHOW OF THE YEAR—SEPT. 23-24

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MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE

teamMXAToday’s MXA wrecking crew of Dennis Stapleton, Daryl Ecklund and Jody Weisel have a direct connection to all the MXA test riders that came before. Can you name these four MXA test riders from 32 years ago. The answer is at the bottom of the page.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: REUSABLE KTM/COBRA CLUTCH COVER GASKETS

NIHILOgasketsThe Nihilo Concepts reusable inner clutch cover gasket is a mini moto must have! These gaskets are made with a heavy-duty aluminum core and a compound rubber coating for guaranteed durability after repeated use. No more replacing gaskets every time you pull the clutch cover off. The high-quality aluminum and rubber compounds does not need gasket sealer and can resist temperatures of at least 2400 degrees. The retail price is $14.95. For more info go to www.nihiloconcepts.com.

INSIDE BUD RACING’S FRENCH HEADQUARTERS WITH STEPHANE DASSE

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: MAX NAGL IS 30

MIKEGOSSELAARAug. 4…Mike Gosselaar Aug. 4…Jay Marmont 1983

Aug. 4…Julien Cerny 1972ANDYJEFFERSON2Aug. 5…Andy Jefferson 1961

Aug. 5…Eric Geboers 1962 Aug. 7…Todd Jendro

Aug. 7…Scott Myers 1968

Nagl_MXGP_13_CZ_2016Aug. 7…Max Nagl 1987 Aug. 7…Jeff Willoh

Aug. 8…Kyle Bentley 1981

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2017 AMA NATIONAL WINNERS HEADING TO UNADILLA ON AUG. 12

MusquinWASHOUGAL17Marvin Musquin won his third 450 National of the year at Washougal and his second in a row.

Date           Venue                                      450                                  250

May 20……Hangtown, CA……………Eli Tomac……………..Zach Osborne
May 27.……Glen Helen, CA ………….Marvin Musquin……Zach Osborne
June 3..……Thunder Valley, CO……Blake Baggett………..Joey Savatgy
June 17..….Mt. Morris, PA…………..Blake Baggett………..Jeremy Martin
June 24.….Muddy Creek, TN……….Eli Tomac……………..Aaron Plessinger
July 1.…..…Red Bud, MI…………….. Eli Tomac……………..Zach Osborne
July 8..……Southwick, MA​ ………….. Eli Tomac……………..Zach Osborne
July 22.…..Millville, MN……………..Marvin Musquin…….Joey Savatgy​
July 29.…..Washougal, WA …………Marvin Musquin…….Joey Savatgy Aug. 12..….Unadilla, NY​ Aug. 19..….Budds Creek, MD​

Aug. 26.….Crawfordsville, IN


450 Points leader...Eli Tomac (Kaw)
250 Points leader Zach Osborne (Hus)

• CURRENT AMA POINTS STANDINGS: THREE RACES TO GO

DeanWilsonwashougalDean Wilson kept his string of top ten finish alive at Washougal with a sixth overall and is solidly in fourth in the points standings.

2017 AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS (After 9 of 12 races) 1. Eli Tomac…373 2. Blake Baggett…341 3. Marvin Musquin…319 4. Dean Wilson…269 5. Cole Seely…228 6. Jason Anderson…216 7. Justin Bogle…212 8. Martin Davalos…208 9. Weston Peick…197 10. Cooper Webb…177

Other notables: 11. Justin Barcia; 13. Broc Tickle; 14. Josh Grant; 15. Christian Craig; 20 Trey Canard; 21. Josh Mosiman; 24. Dean Ferris

ZachOsborneWASHOUGAL17Once Alex Martin got hurt, Zach Osborne’s title chances shot up. He now has a 74-point lead. That is one point shy of a three-moto lead with 9 motos to go in 2017

2017 AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS (After 9 of 12 races) 1. Zach Osborne,…377 2. Jeremy Martin…303 3. Alex Martin…296 4. Joey Savatgy…281 5. Dylan Ferrandis…264 6. Aaron Plessinger…256 7. Adam Cianciarulo…254 8. Colt Nichols…213 9. Mitchell Harrison…212 10. Shane McElrath…192

Other notables: 11. Austin Forkner; 12. R.J. Hampshire; 13. Sean Cantrell; 17. Justin Hill; 20. Michael Mosiman; 23. Mitchell Oldenburg

2017 GRAND PRIX WINNERS LEADING UP TO LOMMEL

 Cairoli_MXGP_13_CZ_2017Tony Cairoli has won six 450 GPs so far in 2017.

Date                   Venue                                     450                                 250
Feb. 25………..Qatar…………….Tony Cairoli…………..Pauls Jonass
Mar. 5…………Indonesia………Shaun Simpson………Jeremy Seewer
Mar. 19……….Argentina……….Tim Gajser…………….Pauls Jonass
Apr. 2…………Mexico……………Tim Gajser…………….Thomas Covington
Apr. 16………..Italy………………Tony Cairoli…………..Jorge Prado
Apr. 23……….Holland………….Gautier Paulin………..Pauls Jonass
May 7………….Latvia…………….Jeffrey Herlings……..Thomas Kjer Olsen
May 21……….Germany…………Tony Cairoli……………Jeremy Seewer
May 28……….France……………Clement Desalle………Pauls Jonass
June 11……….Russia……………Clement Desalle………Pauls Jonass
June 25……….Italy………………Tony Cairoli……………Jeremy Seewer
July 2…………Portugal………….Tony Cairoli……………Jeremy Seewer
July 23……….Czech Republic…Tony Cairoli……………Pauls Jonass Aug. 6…………Belgium Aug. 13……….Switzerland Aug. 20……….Sweden Sept. 3………..USA Sept. 10……….Holland Sept. 17……….France

450 points leader…Tony Cairoli (KTM)


250 points leader…Pauls Jonass (KTM)

GP POINTS STANDINGS: SIX ROUNDS TO GO

Desalle_MXGP_16_NL_2016Clement Desalle is one of the old guys, but in 2017 the old guys are running one-two.

FIM 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After 13 of 19 Rounds) 1. Tony Cairoli…523 2. Clement Desalle…431 3. Jeffrey Herlings…418 4. Gautier Paulin…417 5. Tim Gajser…353 6. Romain Febvre…338 7. Max Nagl…308 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek…294 9. Evgeny Bobryshev…286

10. Arnaud Tonus…279

Jonass_MXGP_13_CZ_2017Pauls Jonass has led the 250 GP series since the first race.

FIM 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After 13 of 19 Rounds) 1. Pauls Jonass…548 2. Jeremy Seewer…501 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen…403 4. Benoit Paturel…398 5. Julien Lieber…374 6. Thomas Covington…339 7. Brian Bogers…273 8. Jorge Prado…268 9. Brent Van doninck…226

10. Hunter Lawrence…225

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THE PARIS SUPERCROSS ON NOVEMBER 18-19

parissxThe 2017 Paris Supercross will move to the brand new U-Arena in the Paris business district. The U-Arena seats 24,000 spectators and has a larger floor area than Lille or Bercy. The 2017 Paris Supercross will be held on November 18-19, 2017.

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2017 MOTOCROSS SCHEDULES: WHAT’S LEFT TO SEE

Marvin MusquinMusquinPodiumKTM’s Marvin Musquin has been on a hot streak, but it can’t make up for the points he lost with his knee injury and DNF with only Unadilla, Budds Creek and Indiana left.

2017 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20……………………Hangtown, CA
May 27.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 3..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 17..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 24.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 1.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 8..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 22.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 29.…………………..Washougal, WA Aug. 12..………………….Unadilla, NY​ Aug. 19..………………….Budds Creek, MD​

Aug. 26.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 25…………………….Qatar (Saturday)
Mar. 5………………………Indonesia
Mar. 19…………………….Argentina
Apr. 2………………………Mexico
Apr. 16……………………..Italy
Apr. 23…………………….Holland
May 7………………………Latvia
May 21…………………….Germany
May 28…………………….France
June 11…………………….Russia
June 25……………………Italy
July 2……………………….Portugal
July 23……………………..Czech Republic Aug. 6……………………..Belgium Aug. 13…………………….Switzerland Aug. 20…………………….Sweden

Sept. 3……………………..Jacksonville, FL

Sept. 10……………………Holland

Sept. 17…………………….France

2017 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 1………………………Matterley Basin, Great Britain

2017 AMA LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 31-Aug. 5……..……Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 14…………………….Las Vegas, NV

RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM IV
Oct. 21………………….….Pomona, CA

2017 WOMEN’S MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 13…………………….Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 25……………………Wortham, TX
Apr. 9………………………San Diego, CA
May 5………………………Las Vegas, NV
May 18-19………………..Hangtown, CA
June 2…………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16……………………Mt. Morris, PA
Aug. 5……………………..Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 WORLD OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 6-8…………………….Taft, CA
Jan. 27-29…………………Primm, NV
Feb. 17-19………………….Taft, CA
Mar. 10-12…………………Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 1-2…………………….Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 21-23…………………Hurricane, UT
May. 19-21…………………Cedar City, UT
Jun. 16-17…………………Glen Helen, CA Sept. 8-10…………………Glen Helen, CA

Oct. 6-8…………………….Adelanta, CA

2017 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9………………………Lyng
Apr. 30…………………….Canada Heights
May 14……………………Hawkstone Park
June 18……………………Desertmartin
July 9………………………Sherwood
July 16…………………….Blaxhall
July 30…………………….Preston Docks
Aug 27……………………..Foxhill

2017 BELGIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12……………………Moerbeke-Waas
Mar. 26……………………Kruishoutem
Apr. 2……………………..Genk
Apr 10…………………….Mons
Apr. 18……………………Axel
Apr. 30……………………Wuustwezel
June 11…………………..Comines
June 18………………….Genk
July 22……………………Axel
July 23…………………..Hasselt
July 30…………………..Gooik Aug. 15…………………..Balen Aug. 20………………….Wachtebeke

Aug. 27………………….Orp le Grand

2017 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 4……………………Whispering Pines, BC
June 11………………….Blackwater, BC
June 18………………….Wild Rose, AB
June 25………………….Moto Valley, SK
July 9…………………….Gopher Dunes, ON
July 16…………………..du-Bon-Conseil, QC
July 23…………………..Pleasant Valley, NS
July 30…………………..Riverglade, NB Aug. 6…………………….Deschambault, QC

Aug. 13……………….….RJ Motosport, ON

2017 ADAC GERMAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9……………………….Muhlberg
Apr. 30…………………….Jauer
May 14…………………….Molln
June 18……………………Bielstein
July 16…………………….Tensfeld
Aug. 27……………………Gaildorf
Sept. 24…………………..Holzgerlingen

2017 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 2……………………..Wonthaggi, Victoria
April 23…………………..Appin, New South Wales
May 7……………………..Connondale, Queensland
May 21……………………Horsham, Victoria
May 28……………………Murray Bridge, South Australia
July 2……………………..Nowra, New South Wales
July 16……………………Shepparton, Victoria
July 30……………………Port Macquarie, New South Wales Aug. 13…………………..Toowooba, Queensland

Aug. 20……………………Coolum, Queensland

2017 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP Sept. 9…………………..Queensland Sept. 23…………………Queensland Oct. 14…………………..TBA Oct. 26…………………..South Australia Nov. 4…………………….Victoria

Nov. 11-12……………..New South Wales

2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7…………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 21………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4……………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 11………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 18………………………Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4………………………Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………………………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………………………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1…………………………St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8………………………..Seattle, WA
Apr. 22……………………….Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 29……………………….New York, NY
May 6………………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7-8…………………….Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 13-15…………………Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 20-22…………………Baltimore, MD
Jan. 28-29…………………Nashville, TN.
Feb. 4-5…………………….Louisville, KY
Feb. 18-19…………………Kansas City, MO
Feb.y 25-26……………….Tampa, FL
Mar. 3-5…………………….Southaven, MS
Mar. 11-12…………………New Orleans, LA
Mar. 18-19…………………Portland, OR
Mar. 24-26…………………Reno, NV
April 1-2…………………….Sacramento, CA
April 21-23…………………Denver, CO
May 5-7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 29…………..………..Riola Sardo
Feb. 5………………………Malagrotta
Feb.12………………..……Ottobiano

RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR DAYTONA SUPERCROSS
Mar. 12-13…………….Daytona, FL

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 15…………………..Glen Helen, CA

2017 TRAVIS PASTRANA’S NITRO WORLD GAMES
June 24……………….Salt Lake City, UT

2017 DUTCH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 26…………………..Oss
Apr. 9th…………………..Harfsen
May 14……………………Emmen
July 15-16……………….Lichtenvoorde

2018 MOTOCROSS RACE SCHEDULES

anaheimstadium9The 2018 Supercross schedule has some surprises. There are only two Anaheim events. Detroit, Toronto and New Jersey are gone. Houston, Boston, Atlanta and Tampa are back.

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP Jan. 6……………………..…Anaheim, CA Jan. 13………………………Houston, TX Jan. 20………………………Anaheim, CA Jan. 27………………………Glendale, AZ Feb. 3……………………..…Oakland, CA Feb. 10………………………San Diego, CA Feb. 17………………………Arlington, TX Feb. 24………………………Tampa, FL Mar. 3……………………..…Atlanta, GA Mar. 10………………………Daytona, FL Mar. 17………………………St. Louis, MO Mar. 24………………………Indianapolis, IN Apr. 7……………………..…Seattle, WA Apr. 14………………………Minneapolis, MN Apr. 21………………………Foxborough, MA Apr. 28………………………Salt Lake City, UT

May 5…………………….…Las Vegas, NV

2018 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Mar. 4……………………….Argentina Mar. 25……………………..Spain Apr. 8………………………..Italy 1 Apr. 15………………………Holland 1 Apr. 29………………………Russia May 13………………………Latvia May 20………………………Germany June 3……………………….England June 10……………………..France June 24……………………..Italy 2 July 8………………………..Indonesia July 22………………………Czech Republic Aug. 5……………………….Belgium Aug. 12……………………..Switzerland Aug. 19……………………..Sweden Sept. 2………………………USA Sept. 9………………………Mexico Sept. 23…………………….Holland 2

Sept. 30…………………….Italy 3

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 7………………………USA

THE ANSWER

teamMXA Back in 1984, these were the MXA test riders—(front row) Lance Moorewood. (back row—left to right) David Gerig, Gary Jones and Jody Weisel.
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Photos: KTM, Husqvarna, Dan Alamangos, Daryl Ecklund, John Basher, Massimo Zanzani, Brian Converse, Scott Mallonee, MXA, Jody Weisel